As India's trajectory of the cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) continues to witness an upward trend since the last month, the nation recorded over 0.2 million (2 lakh) cases in the last 24 hours while the toll from the disease remained above 1,000 for the second day in a row, according to latest figures released by the ministry of health and family welfare on Thursday.
With 200,739 fresh Covid-19 cases, the highest spike in a day, India's infection tally has reached 14,074,564 which has experts calling for tighter curbs to control the spread of the viral disease.
The active cases too witnessed a massive jump of 106,173, taking the total caseload to 1471,877.
As more grim figures are being reported each day, states have imposed restrictions on movement of people.
While Delhi, Haryana, and Gujarat have imposed a night curfew, Maharashtra, which is contributing the maximum number of daily cases, is not only observing night curfew and weekend lockdown but Section 144, which prohibits the assembly of more than five people, has also been imposed across the state during the daytime.
Against the backdrop of the Covid-19 surge, the government on Monday decided to cancel the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) examinations for class 10 and has postponed them for students of class 12. The announcement came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting with education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' and other top officials.
As the second wave of Covid-19 intensifies, the government has urged citizens, who eligible to take the coronavirus vaccine, to get shot as soon as possible.